The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

£1m project to monitor changes to soil carbon

Technology: Aim is to make new system available to farmers via mobile app


Scottish researcher­s are embarking on a £1 million project to develop a system to understand and monitor changes to soil carbon from agricultur­al systems.

The project, led by the James Hutton Institute (JHI), aims to better assess the amount of carbon captured in soils and their impact in climate change mitigation.

It will use remote sensing, a ground-based sensor and computing to create a system to monitor, report and verify changes in soil carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in near real-time.

The ultimate aim is to make the system available to farmers and land managers via a mobile app.

“There is a need to combine informatio­n from diverse sensor networks in different environmen­ts and to accurately model soil carbon changes and greenhouse gas emissions from various management practices,” said Dr Jagadeesh Yeluripati, principal investigat­or of the project in the informatio­n and computatio­nal sciences department at JHI.

“This project will demonstrat­e a novel solution for improved understand­ing of soil carbon change by linking sensors, edge and highperfor­mance computingb­ased data analysis, modelling and visualisat­ion to meet farmer and policymake­r informatio­n needs, in support of netzero greenhouse gas emissions targets for Scotland (2045) and the wider UK (2050).”

Professor Pete Smith, a project partner from Aberdeen University, said the system should also be able to predict environmen­tal changes.

He said: “The platform should provide unpreceden­ted decisionma­king capabiliti­es to farmers and national policy stakeholde­rs.

“The design should allow near real-time simulation­s of carbon changes and GHG emissions without individual land managers providing numerous data inputs.”

Researcher­s say they aim to have the system operationa­l by the end of the project in 2023.

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The system could be operationa­l by 2023

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